I thought I’d start a page of suppliers, useful materials and resources I use in my cooking or love to visit. Please let me know if you have anywhere that you really love that you think I’d find useful to add or others would like to try 🙂
Latest update December 2018.
I’ve listed online suppliers, then the majority are shops/bakeries/butchers etc. close to where I live (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the rest of the East Midlands), then other locations I know very well (eg North Norfolk and St Ives).
Puro Mediterraneo – this is the most gorgeous, silky, peppery range of extra virgin olive oils. I particularly like the Nectar extra virgin with it’s bold, delicious taste. There is also a range of pestos (I have to say these are as close to the taste of homemade as I’ve found so far), biscuits and gift packages.
I’ve been given a discount code that anyone can use for 20% off their online prices – visit the Puro Mediterraneo products page and quote inksugarspice18 when you order.
The oils are produced from a harvest in November and December, and the olives are normally pressed within just ten hours of the harvest. This allows them to produce the best olive oil and keep all the original flavours and aromas. The extraction of oil takes place below 27°C to preserve the aromas and not alter the oil in any possible manner.
Shipton Mill – best range going and my first port of call for flour. I have used many of the flour types but the following I have bought most often: Finest Bakers White No. 1, Organic Khorasan, Swiss Dark, Organic Dark Rye, Organic Emmer. I have also bought from here organic fresh yeast, panibois wooden baking moulds and liners from here. You can save by uploading a recipe to their site, doing so will mean you get sent a discount code.
Bakery Bits – just does everything any level of baker would need. I have had from here: flexible scraper, malted grains, nuttimalt, Lammas Fayre Roman Blend White Spelt, Lammas Fayre Medieval Blend Beremancorn, Lammas Fayre Victorian Blend, Redbournbury Mill Organic Unbleached White, Organic Farro Bianco, candied orange and rainbox mixes, pearl sugar, bannetons and grignettes.
Craggs & Co. – the UK’s leading spelt producer and its flours and spelt flakes are the only 100% British products available. Currently, they have white and wholemeal spelt and spelt flakes to buy online. I’ve used this a lot over the past year and found it lovely flour for both bread and sweet bakes, and I’ve used it for a number of my recipes.
Filippo Berio – Now, a caveat here as you can find plenty of this company’s products in supermarkets very easily but you may struggle to get their full product range, so I’ve included a link to the online shop. I use Filippo Berio olive oils almost – but not entirely – exclusively, yes it’s true I have a few of my recipes that they’ve featured on their website and I reviewed their Fizz and Sizzle event, but I’m not beholden to them (nor they to me). I have always used their olive oils from way, way back. Probably mainly because I have their name ingrained due to those clever adverts all those years ago which used Gioacchino Rossini’s famous ‘Largo al Factotum’ Aria from The Barber of Seville – as it was one of my Dad’s favourite pieces of classical music and he’d hum it all the time anyway (so extra reinforcement). I particularly like their chilli oil, gusto fruttato extra virgin olive oil, mild and light olive oil and the tomato and ricotta pesto.
Sous Chef – just about all the specialist ingredients and equipment you can image but can’t find anywhere else. Basically a foodie treasure trove. I’ve bought a random array of things from here in the past including such diverse things as squid ink sachets, fettucini rolling pin, unusal stocks, natural fruit flavourings and salts. It could easily get expensive but there are also some complete bargains on here.
Melbury & Appleton – I go here for specialist Italian ingredients that I can’t get locally, though it’s not only Italian foods that are stocked and there’s a huge array of foods. I particularly like that you can browse by cuisine: I find this most useful. I most often stock up on 00 and semola flour from here. It does have a minimum order of £10.
Real Foods – fabulous supplies for dried, fresh, unusal ingredients. I’ve bought a lot of dried fruits, nuts and seeds from here but that’s a tiny proportion of what they do. It’s a great resource for veggie, fairtrade, gluten free and other diets etc produce. They have two stores in Edinburgh.
Healthy Supplies – another great place for dried fruits, nuts and seeds etc and they also sell flours, baking ingredients and a lot more. A great range of fruit powders from which I’ve bought quite a lot! Definitely worth a look through.
Delicatessens, Bakeries, Butchers and Farm Shops
Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop, Chatsworth, Derbyshire – meats and charcuterie from the estate, a fish counter, deli, larder suppliers, patisserie, wines and beers and highly knowledgeable staff. Plus such a beautiful location: have a day out, go to the farm shop then have much and a pint in the gorgeous (OK, a tad pricey) Devonshire Arms pub in sleepy Baslow. I’m not sorry for my gushing tourism spiel for the area.
Delilah Fine Foods, Victoria Street, Nottingham– what a treat this place is and such a lovely building they’re in now too! Cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, larder goods and a great place for lunch. I can’t walk out without a bag full of things – oops.
Fresh Basil Deli and Eaterie, Strutt Street, Belper, Derbyshire – small but perfectly formed deli and cafe. Also sells a lovely range of baskets and wicker suppliers as well as cheeses, meats and larder goods.
Croots Farm Shop, Wirksworth Road, Duffield, Derbyshire – cheeses, deli foods, homemade pies, greengrocery, baked and larder goods, beers and wines and a fish counter (stocked Thursdays) and a little gift shop and cafe. They rear some cows and sheep themselves and otherwise source locally.
Jerry Howarth Pork Butchers, High Stret, Belper, Derbyshire – no website. If you’re in Belper it’s worth a look but literally does just pork supplies though I noticed it sometimes has carried venison sausages, so fittingly, telling a few porkies!! (Sorry!). Fresh meats, pies etc and charcuterie at reasonable prices.
Anderson’s Fine Foods, Blind Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire – no website – this shop has a little cute tea room and a small but great range of deli items, fresh breads, cakes and larder goods.
The Loaf, School Lane, Crich, Derbyshire – a bakery, deli and caff run by Andrew Auld and Roger Bode. Andrew’s recipe for spelt sourdough appears in the Slow Dough cookbook by the Real Bread Campaign. A little gem – go visit if you’re in the area. Bread from this bakery is sold in other delis and farmers markets across Derbyshire. Making it even cuter, certain breads are baked on specific weekdays – check the website for details. They even run bread making courses.
Manna Deli, Market Place, Wirksworth – a small but perfectly formed deli.
The Cheddar Gorge, Dig Street, Ashbourne – a cracking deli and, as you’d expect from the name, really specialises in cheeses but has larder supplies, cakes, meats and pies etc. Also if you’ve never been, Ashbourne is a seriously cute village. It’s quite ‘upmarket’ for a Derbyshire village – it’s got a Waitrose for a start! Ooo, posh. Also close to the beautiful, beautiful Dovedale area and the start of the Tissington Trail but that’s digressing somewhat.
Out of this world, Villa Street, Beeston, Nottinghamshire – a great shop with a huge range of organic, free from and natural produce. Has some organic greengrocery and refrigerated items and a massive stock of grocery and health products. I don’t go in because I have allergies or health conditions but because it’s just a great range, including a variety of flours and dried fruits.
Other UK suppliers outside of the East Midlands (more to come soon!)
The Allotment Deli, Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall – specialising in local produce and goods, this is a cute little deli. Has local fruit and veg enticingly placed outside and sells larder goods, baked treats (savoury and sweet), cheeses, olives etc. I think I go in this everyday when we stay in St Ives on hols.
St Ives Bakery, Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall – all sorts of mouthwatering artisan loaves from a plain old white to sourdough to kamut with oatflakes. Boasts a mouthwatering display of giant meringues and cakes in the window.
Pengenna, High Street, St Ives, Cornwall (they’re also in Tintagel and Bude) – best pasties and scones. Ever. Open early for breakfast breads. They post…!
Arthur Howell, Staithe Street, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk – gosh I remember going in the butcher’s shop as a toddler with my mum and it’s as good as ever it was. The meat is all local and they have their own abbatoir so are involved at all stages in the process. They sell both raw and cooked meats and have a smokehouse in Binham. They sell a lot of game including rabbit, quail, venison and geese and their sausages are amazing. They do seem to rule half the main road in Wells (Staithe Street) but that’s no complaint as this includes a lovely deli, a fishmongers (taking fish from Frary’s fishing company, which is also Wells based) and the local bakery.
Frary’s seafood stall, The Quay, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk – a tiny little permanent stall on the quay. Don’t be fooled that it looks like it’s just turned up there – Frary’s is a long established fishing firm. Fresh wet fish to little eat-now pots of shrimp and cockles.
Cookie’s Crab Shop, Salthouse, Norfolk – this should be a nationally-revered institution! It’s never not been there (way before me) and I remember our family driving all the way to Salthouse from Wells just to pick up fish for dinner. It does sell little sandwiches and some meals and has some benches overlooking the marshes (and the cows). What’s typical is ringing up to reserve what you want (especially stuff like lobster or crabs) as it’s so popular and if you snooze you lose.